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The Right Tools for the Job

My father is a master carpenter, and I learned early on that doing the best job requires not only skills and training, but also the proper tools.

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The “Zen” of Manual Printing

Pulling a squeegee on a manual screen-printing press and transforming a blank T-shirt into a colorful piece of commercial art is one of the most ubiquitous starting points for jobs in the decorated apparel industry...

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A Simple Test for Screen-Room Lighting

My background is in halftone photography, and when I was using this old-school technology, it was imperative to have the proper light in the dark room where the film was handled. 

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Specialty Printing for Success

It’s an eye-opening experience to think about how much specialty inks have evolved over the years and how the advances or applications of fringe technologies have helped screen-printing industry veterans...

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Screen-Making Techniques, Part 2

Screen production is one of the most critical aspects in determining the final quality of your finished product.

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Best Practices for Screen Printing on Caps

With the return of warmer weather comes headwear season — and both are accompanied by a new profit opportunity for garment decorators.

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Is Water-Based Ink More Eco-Friendly Than Plastisol?

In our world, we’re often asked why non-PVC products (such as water-based inks) are considered “green” and PVC plastisols aren’t. Is one truly friendlier to the environment than the other? Not necessarily.  

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Faux Embroidery for Screen Printing

There are many ways to decorate apparel, yet one — if not the main — issue always is the customer’s budget.

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Is Your Ink Film Fully Cured?

If there is one sure-fire way to lose clients in this industry, it is to sell them finished garments that fade after five to 10 wash cycles. 

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The Advantages of Plastisol Textile Inks

During the past two decades, there has been a push from different organizations — including environmental agencies and large sporting goods companies — to have traditional plastisol inks either modified or replaced.

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